March 14, 2013

So Long, Blog

find_us_on_facebook_badge.gifDear loyal blog readers:

We are retiring the Utah State Law Library blog after more than four years and 800+ posts. The blog has been a great way for library staff to share library news, new forms, court resources and other law-related resources. But with a noticeable decline in blog readers we will now exclusively use our Facebook page to share news and announcements. Please 'Like' us!

As always, you can contact library staff with questions about self help resources on the Utah State Courts' website or about library resources.

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to seeing you on Facebook!

March 07, 2013

SLC Infobase


The Salt Lake City's website provides a wealth of resources for SLC residents, including information about the city justice court, city services like garbage pickup or snow removal, and city council news. If you're interested in some historic SLC government resources, be sure to visit the SLC Infobase.

This website has a variety of historic Salt Lake City government information, including city council meeting minutes (1982-Present), resolutions (2000-Present), and ordinances from 1900-Present.

More information about accessing Salt Lake City government records can be found on the Salt Lake City Recorder's Office website.

March 04, 2013

National Consumer Protection Week

moneyMarch 3-9, 2013 is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Organizations from around the nation developed National Consumer Protection week to make people aware of their consumer rights and help them make better financial decisions. The NCPW website features a variety of helpful resources, such as ways to protect your health, investments, and your identity.

In Utah, the Division of Consumer Protection has many resources for individuals, including scam alerts and consumer information pages.

This Wednesday, March 6th, representatives from the FTC and USA.Gov will be hosting a nationwide Twitter chat for consumer questions at 2 pm. You can submit your question via Twitter using the hashtag #NCPW, through Facebook, or through the USA.Gov blog.

March 01, 2013

Why Judges Can't Speak Out

The Utah State Courts' YouTube Channel has a new video posted: Why Judges Can't Speak Out. In this short video, Third District Court Judge Robin Reese discusses the Code of Judicial Conduct and explains why judges can't comment on a pending case or why they made a specific decision on a case if approached by the media.

To keep up with new videos, you can subscribe to the Courts' YouTube channel by logging in with your YouTube or Google ID and password.

February 27, 2013

Last Will and Embezzlement: Panel Discussion

Last month we blogged about the free film screening of Last Will and Embezzlement at the Salt Lake City Public Library. If you missed the screening, you can still see the panel discussion that followed the film, which is available on the SLCtvmedia YouTube Channel. The panel discussion featured Mary Jane Ciccarello, Director of the Utah State Courts' Self Help Center, Nan Mendenhall, Director of Utah's Adult Protective Services division, and Sgt. Michelle Ross of the Salt Lake City Police Department. Panelists discussed how their agencies educate the public and work to prevent elder abuse in Utah.

If you want more information about the Court Visitor Volunteer Program, which organized the film screening, visit or contact Karolina Abuzyarova at 801-578-3925.

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* A Brief History

    Territorial History
    The Utah State Law Library has existed in some form since the Utah Territory was established. In fact, Congress appropriated $5000 for the library in the same enabling act that created the territory.

    It took a couple of years for the collection to be purchased, and in 1852 the territorial legislature created the position of territorial librarian, with an annual salary of $400 and an $150 for contingent expenses.

    In 1890 the legislature broke up the library’s collection, directing books “more useful to the University library” be given to the University of Deseret (today's University of Utah). Only the law-related books remained in the collection.

    Utah State Library
    When Utah became a state in 1896 the Territorial Library became the State Library.

    Utah State Law Library
    In 1957 the legislature changed the name of the library from the State Library to the State Law Library, and established a new, separate State Library.
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